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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MINNESOTA 27 22 17 27 93 CHICAGO 22 23 33 29 107 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIN - SAM MITCHELL 24, ANTHONY PEELER 18, KEVIN GARNETT 15 CHI - MICHAEL JORDAN 41, SCOTTIE PIPPEN 18, TONI KUKOC 13


Box Score

MINNESOTA (93) AT CHICAGO (107)

MINNESOTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

K GARNETT F 39 7-19 1-2 4 4 8 4 3 1 2 15 MITCHELL F 41 9-15 5-6 3 1 4 0 2 1 0 24 ROBERTS C 25 1-2 1-2 2 4 6 3 2 0 1 3 MARBURY G 33 1-9 1-2 1 2 3 9 1 1 3 4 PEELER G 29 7-11 0-0 0 5 5 4 4 1 2 18 PARKS 19 4-7 3-6 2 2 4 0 3 1 1 11 PORTER 27 6-11 0-0 0 2 2 2 3 0 1 14 JORDAN 12 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 WILLIAMS 15 2-4 0-0 0 3 3 2 3 0 1 4 HAMMONDS DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE WHEAT DNP - COACH'S DECISION CURLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-79 11-18 12 23 35 26 21 5 12 93 (.468) (.611) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 12(15 PTS)

CHICAGO REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

PIPPEN F 36 7-15 3-6 3 3 6 8 4 1 2 18 KUKOC F 32 5-14 3-3 4 4 8 3 2 1 1 13 RODMAN C 35 4-7 2-2 8 8 16 1 3 0 0 11 HARPER G 29 2-7 2-3 0 1 1 6 2 3 1 6 JORDAN G 38 16-25 7-8 3 3 6 4 1 1 0 41 BURRELL 26 2-10 0-0 2 4 6 1 2 0 1 4 BROWN 13 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 2 KERR 18 2-6 2-2 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 7 WENNINGTON 7 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 BUECHLER 6 2-4 0-0 2 0 2 0 1 0 0 5 LONGLEY DNP - BONE BRUISED LEFT KNEE SIMPKINS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 41-92 19-24 23 24 47 24 17 7 6 107 (.446) (.792) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 8(8 PTS)

MINNESOTA 27 22 17 27 - 93 CHICAGO 22 23 33 29 - 107

BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - ROBERTS, PEELER. CHICAGO - PIPPEN, RODMAN, HARPER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 8-14 (.571), MITCHELL 1-3, MARBURY 1-3, PEELER 4-5, PORTER 2-3. CHICAGO 6-23 (.261), PIPPEN 1-4, KUKOC 0-1, RODMAN 1-3, HARPER 0-1, JORDAN 2-6, BURRELL 0-2, KERR 1-4, BUECHLER 1-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: SEAN CORBIN, TED BERNHARDT, DICK BAVETTA. A - 23,985. T - 2:04.


Agate Box Score

MINNESOTA (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 39 7-19 1-2 4-8 4 3 15 Mitchell 41 9-15 5-6 3-4 0 2 24 Roberts 25 1-2 1-2 2-6 3 2 3 Marbury 33 1-9 1-2 1-3 9 1 4 Peeler 29 7-11 0-0 0-5 4 4 18 Parks 19 4-7 3-6 2-4 0 3 11 Porter 27 6-11 0-0 0-2 2 3 14 Jordan 12 0-1 0-0 0-0 2 0 0 Williams 15 2-4 0-0 0-3 2 3 4 Hammonds DNP - sprained left ankle Wheat DNP - coach's decision Curley DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-79 11-18 12-35 26 21 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.468, FT-.611. 3-Point Goals: 8-14, .571 (Mitchell 1-3, Marbury 1-3, Peeler 4-5, Porter 2-3). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 2 (Roberts, Peeler). Turnovers: 12 (Marbury 3, K Garnett 2, Peeler 2, Jordan, Parks, Porter, Roberts, Williams). Steals: 5 (K Garnett, Marbury, Mitchell, Parks, Peeler).

CHICAGO (107) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pippen 36 7-15 3-6 3-6 8 4 18 Kukoc 32 5-14 3-3 4-8 3 2 13 Rodman 35 4-7 2-2 8-16 1 3 11 Harper 29 2-7 2-3 0-1 6 2 6 Jordan 38 16-25 7-8 3-6 4 1 41 Burrell 26 2-10 0-0 2-6 1 2 4 Brown 13 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 Kerr 18 2-6 2-2 1-2 0 0 7 Wennington 7 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Buechler 6 2-4 0-0 2-2 0 1 5 Longley DNP - bone bruised left knee Simpkins DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-92 19-24 23-47 24 17 107 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.446, FT-.792. 3-Point Goals: 6-23, .261 (Pippen 1-4, Kukoc 0-1, Rodman 1-3, Harper 0-1, Jordan 2-6, Burrell 0-2, Kerr 1-4, Buechler 1-2). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 3 (Pippen, Rodman, Harper). Turnovers: 8 (Pippen 2, Brown, Burrell, Harper, Kukoc). Steals: 7 (Harper 3, Brown, Jordan, Kukoc, Pippen). ____________________________________________ Minnesota 27 22 17 27 - 93 Chicago 22 23 33 29 - 107 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 23,985. T: 2:04. Officials: Sean Corbin, Ted Bernhardt, Dick Bavetta.


Game Recap

Michael Jordan scored 41 points, his 10th 40-plus effort of the season, as the Chicago Bulls extended their season-best winning streak to 11 games with a 107-93 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Jordan scored nine points in a 19-5 burst that opened the third quarter, turning a four-point halftime deficit into a 62-54 lead. Jordan, who made 16-of-25 shots from the field, had 12 points and Scottie Pippen scored eight of his 18 in the third, helping Chicago take a 78-66 lead into the final period.

After Minnesota pulled within five points late in the fourth quarter, Jordan reeled off eight straight Chicago points to open a 99-88 cushion with 1:29 to play.

"Once we got a good feel for them in the first half, we were able to more or less overpower them," Jordan said. "Tonight, once we got our rhythm down, we were able to track them down and get control of our game."

Two-time defending champion Chicago has compiled its longest winning streak since opening last season with 12 consecutive wins. The Bulls moved five games ahead of Miami for the top spot in the Eastern Conference and 1 1/2 games in front of Seattle for the league's best record and homecourt advantage throughout the playoffs.

Sam Mitchell scored 24 points to pace the Timberwolves, who have never won in nine visits to Chicago. Point guard Stephon Marbury, who averages nearly 18 points per game, handed out nine assists but scored just four points on 1-of-9 shooting. He has hit just 4-of-24 shots and averaged 3.7 points over the last three contests.

"My shot has not been there, that's evident. When I'm not shooting well, I start looking for other people," Marbury said. "But with Jordan on his game tonight, and Scottie doing his thing, we were not able to get over the hump."

Jordan reached 29,000 points for his career in the second quarter and Pippen contributed eight assists and six rebounds as the Bulls posted their eighth straight home win. Chicago avenged a 99-95 loss in Minnesota on December 30th, when the Timberwolves posted their only victory in 18 all-time meetings in this series.

"Sometimes it's troubling for our team to try to turn the intensity off and on," Bulls coach Phil Jackson said. "We can't really do that like we did when our players were younger. Luckily tonight, Michael had one of those games where he didn't miss very much. He carried us."

Marbury made a free throw and Anthony Peeler dunked on the break to give Minnesota its last lead, 52-51, less than two minutes into the third quarter. Toni Kukoc, who had 11 points and seven boards, answered with a 20-footer off a feed from Pippen, who hit back-to-back layups to extend the lead to 57-52.

Mitchell responded with a jumper, but Chicago reeled off the next seven points. Jordan had five, including a dunk that built a 64-54 lead.

Minnesota opened the fourth quarter with a 10-2 spurt, keyed by two three-pointers by Terry Porter. A free throw by Cherokee Parks capped that run, trimming the deficit to 80-76 with 8:33 to go. But the Timberwolves got no closer.

Dennis Rodman finished with 11 points and made his fourth three-pointer of the season with 48 seconds remaining to give Chicago its largest lead, 104-90. He also grabbed 14 rebounds to lead Chicago to a 38-26 edge on the glass.

The Bulls made 43 percent (31-of-72) from the field and were just 4-of-16 from three-point range, but committed a meager five turnovers.

"We didn't shoot very well tonight in the ballgame and I also thought we took a while to get involved," Jackson said. "But once we got energized in the third and fourth quarter we were able to control most of the pace of the game."

Mitchell's three-pointer closed a 17-5 burst, giving the Timberwolves a 21-9 advantage with five minutes left in the first quarter. But Chicago answered with a 13-4 run, capped by Pippen's three-pointer with 1:10 remaining. Parks buried a jumper to get Minnesota a 27-22 lead after one period.

A 19-footer by Steve Kerr forged a 30-30 tie midway through the second quarter, but Minnesota reeled off the next 11 points. Peeler's three-pointer ended that spurt for a 41-30 lead with 3:37 left. The Bulls came back with a 10-2 run, capped by Harper's three-point play.

Peeler scored 19 points and Kevin Garnett added 15 for Minnesota, which shot 47 percent (37-of-79) from the field but made just 11-of-18 free throws. Porter chipped in 14 points and Parks 11 as the Timberwolves fell to 3-3 on a seven-game road trip, which ends Sunday at Atlanta.

"I think we ran out of gas," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "As good as they are, you can't keep giving them second chances. "If we're going to progress into the playoffs, we're going to have to do a much better job with offensive rebounds."

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